Category Archives: VHF

First 2 m ES and new ones on 6 m

Finally the first 2 m Sporadic E this year that made it into JO73! 😎 Although we were almost too close to the clouds I managed to work a few QSOs. The opening started earlier to stations more west so … Continue reading

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AGCW VHF June Contest ’19

When doing the AGCW VHF contest last year after stumbling across it by coincidence I had so much fun I put a marker on the calendar for this year’s date to participate again. Had a late start, i.e. 20 min … Continue reading

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A little VHF propagation and activity

Bands were rather quiet during the week and QRL kept me busy anyway. A little more propagation today but still all very selective. Anyway, nice to see 4 m opening to Greece at least (also heard/saw two Maltese for about … Continue reading

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Some normal VHF DX this weekend

Well, still no Sporadic-E on 4 & 2 m overhere. 🙁 Peter was quite active on 6 m but even there only very patchy openings. Luckily there were a few smaller VHF contests this weekend that allowed to work some … Continue reading

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Sporadic-E is in da house …

Well, sort of. 4 m was open almost all day long and 2 m saw a nice opening in the afternoon, too … just not here. I was at the very edge and only every now and then signals on … Continue reading

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Some patchy 4 m openings

Not much to report today. 4 m was nicely open between Western Europe and the Balkans in the morning but only very patchy over here. 9A4ZM got stronger and stronger during that particular small opening so I sent him “PSE … Continue reading

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Old & new, strange QRM plus some 4 m contacts

Arrived at the station early this afternoon. Brought the IC-7300 along for WPX-CW this weekend as well as (hopefully!) some fun on 4 m during the next few days (a week of holidays next week). Second radio I took with … Continue reading

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No VHF May contest this year … at least for me

Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the guys last weekend as I was bound in QRL. Must have been a first in over 20 years. 🙁 Thus no story nor results from me this time but Uwe, DL3BQA, wrote a … Continue reading

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March VHF Contest ’19

Trying to escape the Cologne carnival activities 😉 the VHF contest this weekend was a welcome opportunity to drive the 700 km to our JO73 QTH once more and meet with our local guys Heiko, DG1BHA, Uwe, DL3BQA, and Peter, … Continue reading

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Nice X-mas present: 4 m allowed in Germany again :-)

Bundesnetzagentur (the German equivalent to FCC in the USA and Ofcom in the UK) released it’s note 414/2018 today allowing the use of the 4 m band by radio amateurs in Germany again! 😎 Two facts make it even more … Continue reading

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Weekend (VHF) activities … some tropo again

As the YL was working weekend shifts in QRL I had some more spare time than usual this weekend. 😉 Decided to spend the time in the shack and finally start working on a new project idea I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

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Tropo vanished …

Still a bit of tropo when arriving at the station this afternoon (seems it was better this morning), but all very unstable, signals readible only a few times then vanishing again. —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX BAND MODE PROP. … Continue reading

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Totally unexpected tropo!

Two blog posts on the same day always mean something special! 😉 Well, after all the hard antenna work today I spent the evening at the contest station, working a few DX stations on HF here and there, working my … Continue reading

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Golden October

Germany has been experiencing a great indian summer during the last few days. Nice high pressure zone, clear blue sky, warm temperatures … we usually call it a “Golden October”. As a VHF guy this kinda “smells” like Tropo is … Continue reading

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IARU-VHF 2018 & Antenna Repairs

Before being able to do the IARU-VHF contest last weekend we had to do some serious antenna repair work. It was just 2 weeks ago when Uwe called to tell me something was broken, he could not tune the 2 … Continue reading

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Perseids Meteor Shower ’18

Not much time this year for the Perseids Meteor Shower. At least managed to be QRV for a few hours during the weekend … Not many expeditions QRV this year and overall activity not as high as I was used … Continue reading

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Results of July VHF contest :-)

Claimed scores for the July VHF contest are out, see right side screenshot. It seems I was spot on with my assumptions. 😉 I’m sure I’ll loose a few points after logchecking but the margin to 3rd place is big … Continue reading

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Second 2 m ES for me this year & a new one on 4 m

After getting up this morning I saw things evolving on dxmaps.com and LiveMUF so decided to drive from my girlfriend’s place to my home and get the station ready. 2 m opened about half an hour after my arrival but … Continue reading

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VP5 – Turks & Caicos Islands #143 on 6 m

After the VHF contest was finished this afternoon I still monitored 6 m for another while while starting to disassemble all the equipment. There was another multihop ES opening into North America extending as far south-west as W5 with EM50, … Continue reading

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DARC July VHF Contest ’18

Well, I’m not sure what to think of this one. Equipment played very well. I didn’t sleep more than 2 hours so plenty of BIC time (“butt in chair”), too. Conditions were quite okay also but still only a bit … Continue reading

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